Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 17, 2011
  • A harmful disconnect

    Going back to school after a too-short summer is something that many children and youth actually look forward to. It’s an exciting time, filled with high hopes, great expectations and a chance to start fresh academically and socially.

    These are the times that change kids’ lives. For better or worse. Often depending on the adult supervision they get.

  • Work of Art: No one the Twain did meet

    HANNIBAL, MO. — “Tom! No answer. Tom! No answer. What’s gone with that boy, I wonder?” Is there a person in America who can’t place that partial exchange?

    It comes from the opening lines of “Tom Sawyer,” a classic of American Literature, whose author everybody remembers as Mark Twain, The Mark Twain, the one-of-a-kind storyteller, humorist, observer of American life along the Mississippi.

  • Adult Softball

    Still entertaining thoughts of the fourth seed in the upcoming postseason tournament, the Louisville Chuggers pulled out a thrilling 15-14 decision over Vegas Boys on Monday evening.

    The Las Vegas Adult Softball League men’s division game moved the Chuggers unofficially into a tie for fourth place in the standings (with Tecolote).

  • Four RMAC grid teams get votes

    As polls go, this one has some merit but it’s hardly a lock.

    In that sense, it’s a lot like the Iowa straw poll.

    The American Football Coaches Association has the University of Nebraska-Kearney ranked 16th among NCAA Division II schools this fall.

    UNK, which is also the favorite to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship, is the lone RMAC football program to be ranked in the AFCA top 25 preseason poll, which was released on Monday.

  • Sun Country PGA pros regain Cup

    Submitted to the Optic

    SANDIA PARK, N.M. — The two-year Challenge Cup run came to a sudden halt for the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association Monday at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club.  

    The SCAGA team of the top 16 amateurs in the Sun Country borders just never seemed to get on track as they lost a decisive victory to the top 16 PGA Professionals of Sun Country PGA.

  • Texas A&M mulls future

    The Associated Press

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Stay or go? Texas A&M plans to take a while before making a decision on its conference affiliation.

    School President R. Bowen Loftin offered his first detailed comments Monday on the Aggies’ rather public interest in joining the Southeastern Conference — a move that almost surely would set off another round of conference realignment.

  • Looking Ahead - August 17, 2011

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Balls Deep vs. Hackers, 6:30 p.m., Young Bucks vs. Tecolote, 7:30 p.m., city complex
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Bases Loaded vs. Vida Encantada, 6 p.m., Alta Vista vs. Vida Encantada, 7 p.m., NMHU field

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s game: Yo Momma vs. Buzzards, TBA, city complex

  • FYI - Sports

    Young American Football League registration is under way for the fall season. Forms can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $65. Deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 26. Sports physicals are mandatory. Grades 3-4 are in juniors division; grades 5-6 in seniors division. Mandatory player evaluation is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at Perkins Stadium; juniors at 8:30 a.m., seniors at 10:30 a.m.

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  • Twins veteran Thome smashes 600th homer

    By Noah Trister
    AP Sports Writer

    DETROIT  — Jim Thome’s back was aching, his toe was throbbing and his quad was cramping, turning his pursuit of 600 home runs into a painful endeavor that made him wonder if he would even reach the milestone before season’s end.